Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet Frigate Admiral Essen Departs Port of Limassol, Cyprus

The Russian Navy  Project 11356 (Admiral Grigorovich-class) frigate Admiral Essen, assigned to its Black Sea Fleet, departed Port of Limassol, Cyprus completing port visit.

The ship called at the port of Cyprus on May 8. When staying at the port, she was visited by representatives of the Russian Embassy in Cyprus. Moreover, guests and residents of Limassol were able to tour the frigate on May 9. Russian seamen made excursions round the city.

The frigate is performing her tasks as part of the Russian Navy’s constant formation in the remote maritime zone.

The Admiral Essen is the first serial-produced Project 11356 (Admiral Grigorovich-class/ Фрегаты проекта 11356Р/М) frigate and the second ship in the family after Admiral Grigorovich. It was delivered to the Black Sea Feet in June 2016.

Measuring 124.8 meters in length and displacement of 3,620 tonnes, Project 11356 frigates are equipped with the 100mm A190 shipboard automatic artillery gun, an anti-submarine rocket launcher and torpedoes. They are also armed with Kalibr-NK long-range cruise missiles and the Shtil-1 medium-range surface-to-air (SAM)missile system. They can embark one Ka-28 or Ka-31 helicopter in the hangar.

The frigates are designed for anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare in the high seas, and anti-aircraft actions both independently and as an escort ship.

Six ships (two batches of three ships) have been ordered so far to be built by the Yantar shipyard in Kaliningrad. Out of these, two are operational and one is undergoing trials.

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